Beer aficionados have truly been spoilt with so many new craft beer establishments popping up all over the island in the recent years. Varieties and different styles of craft beer from all over the world number in the thousands—from American IPAs to Taiwanese fruit beers. It is almost impossible to try every single one of them within a lifetime.
While many of the craft beers you find in supermarkets nowadays are predominantly foreign—from either the USA, UK or other European countries—there are in fact, many Singaporean breweries that have been crafting some interesting brews of their own.
Want to get a taste of crafty local lagers? Here’s a round-up of our favourite Singapore craft beer breweries you can totally be proud of.
Photo Credit: Archipelago Brewery
While the Archipelago Brewery has quite a long history that dates back to 1933, it was reopened by Singaporean owners in 2006 who started to brew craft beers in small batches. Currently, they are still experimenting on small batches of 200 litres.
Some of their popular craft beers that can be found at numerous bars include their Bohemian Lager, Summer IPA (perfect to combat the Singapore heat) as well as latest Singapore Blonde Ale that is brewed with crushed calamansi and pandan leaves for a refreshing hit that many local palates will agree with.
459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
Tel: +65 6861 6200
Nearest Station: Tuas Link
Photo Credit: Brewlander & Co.
BREWLANDER & CO.
Paying homage to classic beer styles, Brewlander & Co. is all about fun, excitement and a sense of humour, so you can expect their brews to be quirky but at the same time mighty delicious. They are Singapore’s first gipsy brewery, which simply refers to a brewery that borrows a facility from another brewery to brew their own craft beers.
Currently, they offer four bottled beers (all named after emotions)—the Courage double IPA, the Love wild IPA, the Hope summer ale, and the Pride saison.
18 Boon Lay Way
#10-138E, Tradehub 21
Tel: +65 9841 3677
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Photo Credit: Brewerkz Microbrewery
Brewerkz—an internationally respected operator of restaurants and microbreweries, as well as a pioneer of the microbrew movement in Singapore—is one of the region’s largest craft brewers. Founded in 1997, this local microbrewery has many award-winning handcrafted beers to its name.
The bar-restaurant concept offers six unique beers referencing British, European, and American styles. One of our personal favourites is their Mad Bee Honey Ale. Boasting an amber hue, this particular beer is relatively light yet offers a dry, hoppy mouthful with an underlying sweetness derived from Thai wildflower honey—perfect for novice beer drinkers.
301 Merchant Rd,
Tel: +65 6438 7438
Sun to Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
LEVEL33 CRAFT-BREWERY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Standing at 156 meters above ground level, LeVeL33 literally rises above all breweries as the world’s first microbrewery nestled within the penthouse of a skyscraper. Located on the 33rd floor of Marina Bay Financial Centre, the space houses 8,000kg of state-of-the-art microbrewery equipment in a spacious restaurant featuring breathtaking panoramic views of the city and waterfront.
As for beverages, LeVeL33 features four signature craft beers—33.1 Blonde Lager, 33.15 IPA, 33.3 Stout, 33.4 House Porter and 33.9 Wheat Beer—that will knock your socks off.
8 Marina Boulevard 33-01,
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1,
Tel: +65 6834 3133
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 12am
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 2am
Sun: 12pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Bayfront / Marina Bay
Photo Credit: Little Island Brewing Co.
LITTLE ISLAND BREWING CO.
Based in coastal Changi Village, Little Island Brewing Co (LIBC) brew their craft beers in small batches on site and they are unfiltered and unpasteurized.
Their iconic brews include the Pale Ale (Whiter Shade of Pale), Golden Ale (Sister Golden Ale), Red Ale (Ruby Tuesday), Singapore Pale Ale (Oh Yeah) and Irish Dry Stout (Black Magic). Fans of stout should definitely try the Black Magic that is dark, creamy and full of hoppy goodness.
6 Changi Village Rd, #01-01/02,
Tel: +65 6543 9100
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 11pm
Fri: 12pm – 12am
Sat: 11pm – 12am
Sun: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Pasir Ris
Photo Credit: RedDot Brewhouse
If RedDot Brewhouse has not gotten your attention yet, we are sure that their popular Green Monster Lager is bound to get heads turning. While green beer may seem more of a theatrical stunt, the good folks at RedDot are actually serious about this unorthodox brew.
What it is is essentially lager beer that is infused with green spirulina—a type of algae that is a popular supplement due to it containing a number of health-promoting properties.
33/34 Boat Quay,
Tel: +65 6535 4500
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm – 2am
Sat: 3pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Raffles Place
The 1925 Brewing Co. is a local microbrewery and restaurant that is a passion project from three members of the Yeo family. Their craft beers are brewed in-house and you can expect each of them to come with a background story.
Ladies will take to the light and crisp Yellow Van while those who prefer something stronger will enjoy the Jewel Of Africa Smoky Porter which has a hint of coffee aroma.
261 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6909 1425
Tue to Sun: 4pm – 1am
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Dakota/Eunos